New Convention Center, Hotel Planned for Arlington, Texas

The Arlington City Council in Texas voted Tuesday to approve a $550 million addition to the city’s Entertainment District that will include a new hotel, a publicly owned convention center and a parking facility. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020, with completion slated for 2023. 

The hotel will have 888 guestrooms, and it will be called the Loews Arlington. All told, the project will result in 150,000 square feet of indoor convention space, 66,000 square feet of outdoor space and a future expo hall that will connect via a skybridge to the new 300-room Live! by Loews Hotel and its convention space, resulting in a roughly 1,200-room hotel. A public-private partnership between Loews, the Texas Rangers, Cordish Cos., the City of Arlington and Tarrant County is funding the project. 

There are also plans to develop the southwest corner of Globe Life Park stadium into 200,000 square feet of office space including 280 residential units along with 100,000 square feet of restaurant, retail, parking and small business incubator space on the southeast corner of the intersection. Development of this project will move forward once a tenant is in place, officials said. 

The Arlington Entertainment District contains such tourism attractions as the Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium, the new Texas Rangers Globe Life Field, the $250 million Texas Live! entertainment complex, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. The $150 million flagship Live! by Loews Arlington luxury hotel opened in August of this year, offering guests walkable access to the Entertainment District’s offerings. Arlington was also recently selected as the future home of the National Medal of Honor Museum, which will also be in the Entertainment District.

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